Distracted driving involves more than just using a phone while driving a vehicle. When any distraction clouds your judgment and makes it impossible for you to drive properly, you are engaging in distracted driving.
Things that are considered distracted driving:
- Using a cell phone (talking, texting, or browsing the web).
- Watching videos.
- Eating, drinking, or smoking.
- Adjusting the radio or Listening to loud music.
- Grooming (shaving, brushing teeth, applying makeup).
- Talking with passengers
Although it is illegal to drive while distracted throughout Canada, each province and territory has its own set of laws, and as a result, punishments can vary substantially.
Driving while inattentive may result in penalties, penalty points, or even a suspension of your license, depending on where you live.
Ontario’s laws against distracted driving:
The number of distracted driving-related deaths in the province has risen since 2000.
The provincial government has instituted stringent penalties, such as a three-day license suspension, demerit points, and a sizable fine upon a first conviction, to put an end to this risky activity.
The usage of mobile devices is the main subject of Ontario’s law against distracted driving. It is prohibited to use a portable device while operating a motor vehicle or when stopped at a red light.
Additionally, using devices like tablets and portable gaming consoles, watching videos on screens, or setting up a GPS are all prohibited (except by voice commands).
1- You are only permitted to use your phone to dial 911 in an emergency.
2- You are permitted to use a Bluetooth or earpiece-equipped hands-free wireless device.
3- It’s also acceptable to watch a GPS display screen as long as it is fastened securely to the dashboard of your automobile or is integrated into the dashboard.
Penalties In Ontario: